By Vicki-Ann Downing
August 23, 2011

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Jury in Brockton Superior Court deliberated only two hours before clearing Robert L. McAvoy, 42, of the charges.

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Brockton Superior Court. Photo: Mass.Gov®

BROCKTON – A jury in Brockton Superior Court deliberated only two hours on Monday before clearing a man of charges that he raped and assaulted a child in 2007.

Robert L. McAvoy, 42, of Brockton, was found not guilty on a charge of rape of a child with force and a charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under 16.

The allegations, made by a young girl, dated to July 21, 2007, according to McAvoy’s lawyer, Gerald J. Noonan of Brockton. McAvoy was arrested on Sept. 7, 2008, but was free on bail, Noonan said.

The trial, before Judge Barbara A. Dortch-Okara, began Thursday. The prosecutor was assistant district attorney Kristen Stone.

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